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Juba welcomes Khartoum leading role in mediation of S. Sudan conflict


May 25, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government on Monday said it welcomed the decision by the East African regional bloc of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which requested the neighbouring Sudan to play a leading role in resolving the ongoing internal conflict in South Sudan.

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South Sudan’s foreign affairs minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin (AP/Getty)

South Sudanese foreign minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said his government would welcome Khartoum’s mediation’s process which would address root causes of the conflict and respect for sovereignty of the new independent state.

“We welcome any initiative for peace as long as that initiative addresses the core issues and does not undermine sovereignty of the Republic of South Sudan,” he told reporters in the capital, Juba.

“The government does not have any problem with any initiative intended to bring peace and end this senseless war,” he said.

He added that Sudan is a member of the IGAD and also member of the African Union (AU) and therefore the South Sudanese leadership had no problem if president Bashir of Sudan would play a leading role in the mediation process to end the crisis in South Sudan.

“As a government we welcomed the participation of other African countries so that a solution is found to this conflict from the African context,” he added.

The top diplomat made the comment in response to the new mediation initiative which intended to make Khartoum lead the mediation process between president Salva Kiir’s government and the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by former vice president, Riek Machar.

Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti on Sunday disclosed that the Sudanese government accepted a demand by the regional body asking president Bashir to be more involved in its efforts to bring peace in South Sudan as it prepares to launch a new mediation mechanism.

Karti said Khartoum accepted the IGAD proposal and vowed to undertake efforts in this respect after the swearing-in ceremony of president Bashir scheduled for 2 June.

He also indicated that the European delegation will meet Bashir after this ceremony for a follow up on the new mediation proposal.

Juba has been accusing Khartoum of supporting the rebels of SPLM-IO which the Sudanese government denies and has also been accusing Juba of supporting Sudanese rebels such as the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

The two formerly one, but now two separate independent countries, also signed cooperation agreements in September 2012 on border security and demarcation and trade among others, but with difficulty in implementation.

The mediation to end the 17-month long civil war had been led by the Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, also chair of IGAD with Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta as rapporteur.

Talks between the warring parties collapsed on 6 March when the two principal leaders could not agree on almost every contentious issue despite a three-day direct negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

IGAD is yet to announce a date for resumption of the peace talks as it expands the mediation mechanism to include countries and international bodies outside the African continent.


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  • 25 May 2015 23:27, by Ahmed Chol

    you will regret

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    • 26 May 2015 08:04, by Mi diit


      What a confusion in the camp of cowboys. Accusations vs accusations, acceptance vs acceptance, battle vs battle and lost of town vs lost of town. Where is peace, where is sovereignty taken over by Uganda? And where is military solution in 30 days promised by Malong Awan last year. Soon Paloch will close down and Juba will be deserted!

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      • 26 May 2015 08:07, by Mi diit

        Nyankiir’s cowboys in their confusion and desperacy they think making president Bashir to lead the talks will convince rebels not to close Paloch oilfields and production. Well, others can make a go-around deal too with Bashir. Juba does not monopolize making deals.

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  • 26 May 2015 01:53, by lino

    Hahaaa! Poor Juba Cowboys, Sudan will make more difficult to agree on anything because they are milking your cows "oil".
    Federalism and more divisions in the country will be suggested!!!
    King Bashir is working his magics!!!

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  • 26 May 2015 03:11, by Thyinka

    I think the attitude of Juba toward Khartoum is more like ’what is new?’ rather than a mere acceptance of Khartoum impartiality in South Sudanese conflict. Kenya, in my view, would have been a more impartial arbiter if Ethiopia had failed that is if recent history is any guide.

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  • 26 May 2015 03:21, by Ambago

    Before you start giving Khartoum any condition, remember it too has its interests. Talk of respect of sovereignty, I believe Khartoum is also prepared to sing the same song.

    Unfortunately no one can bring peace to South Sudan, NOT even the South Sudanese themselves. Hallelujah, there once was a dream called South Sudan.

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    • 26 May 2015 04:46, by Akol Liai Mager

      No Mr Ambago, do not lose hope. South Sudanese have more than 200 years History of struggle. They have defeated Turks, Egyptians and their British allies and are capable of resisting and defeating few South Sudanese’s violence Perpetrators no matter how long that take. You are not on the ground too to be right on what you think. Yes, both IGAD & Juba are wrong to believe that Bashir a peace-maker.

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  • 26 May 2015 07:06, by Eastern

    The Juba government is beginning to come to their senses. To avert major catastrophes, peace must be attained in asouth Sudan as soon as possible.

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  • 26 May 2015 12:12, by sudani ana

    It’s now becoming abundantly clear that the problem in SS cannot be solved militarily. Cities are exchanging hands so often it’s like a game of Ping Pong, in the meantime the innocent South Sudanese people are paying the prise with their lives. They are becoming refugees relying on food aid in their own country. If president Bashir could have a positive role to play in bringing peace to SS ..con

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    • 26 May 2015 12:19, by sudani ana

      Cont.. then why not. At the end of the day peace is peace regardless of who helped broker it. Sudan has a vested interest in having a peaceful and prosperous neighbour south of the border. Remember Bashir had the courage to end the longest war in Africa. He is the one who said "Separation with peace is better than unity with war".

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